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San Diego 2014 Gala

On January 25, 2014, the San Diego Chapter of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces held its 4th Annual Gala Appreciation Dinner honoring the Israeli Navy at the Hilton San Diego Bay front.   In attendance were over 650 guests including many prominent lay leaders, U.S. and Israeli military officers from all branches of the community.

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Young Leadership Event

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces San Diego- Young Leadership (YL) mixer brought together over 250 young leaders in the San Diego area and raised over $5,000.00 for our Soldiers in Israel.

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A Salute to Israel: FIDF Sounds of Music

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, the FIDF "A Salute to Israel: FIDF Sounds of Music" was a sell-out event at the Sherwood Auditorium at MCASD in La Jolla. The event was chaired by The performance featured IDF Chief Cantor, Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, along with Cantor Netanel Baram and Latinos For Israel's Director, Jonathan Valverde. The musical journey which consisted of a medley of Jewish and Israeli songs was enjoyed by the audience.
We want to thank our sponsors and all who attended for their support. A special thanks to Event Chairs, Jacqueline S. Gmach, Jenny Josephson and Marilyn Smiedt for bringing this magnificent and unique concert to San Diego. We appreciate the time that is given by loyal volunteers who are always available at our events.
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San Diego 2013 Gala

On January 19, 2013, the San Diego Chapter of the Friends of Israel Defense Forces held its Annual Gala Appreciation Dinner at the Manchester Grand Hyatt honoring IDF Air Force for their devotion, courage, sacrifice and honor to the State of Israel. .
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San Diego Young Leadership Summer Party

DJ Itay Galo of Tel Aviv brought Club YaYa to San Diego at the chapter’s first Young Leadership event on Saturday July 21, 2012 at the Merk Bistro in the Gaslamp District. The YL Summer Party was co-chaired by Jack Maizel, Assaf Avissar, Shlomit Arbib, David Bramzon, Ben Weinrib, Justin Levine and Evan Gerber.
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2nd Annual Guys Night Out

On June 7, 2012 the beautiful Hilton Torrey Pines was transformed into a Vegas-style night club for the 2nd Annual Guys Night Out, and evening of networking, entertainment and fun. This year’s event was co-chaired by Anthony Josephson, Dan Feder and Todd Pianin.
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San Diego Gala Dinner 2012

The FIDF Gala Dinner, co-chaired by Jackie S. Gmach, Marilyn Smiedt and Barbara Warren, was held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Saturday, January 21, 2012. In attendance were 800 guests.
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Havat Hashomer – A Personal Experience

We sat in the commander’s office and I asked Lt. Col Alaa Abu- Rukun why he had chosen to be the commander at this base, Havat Hashomer.
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Yom Ha’azmaut and the IDF Music Ensemble

The San Diego Chapter of the Friends of the IDF welcomed the IDF Educational Corp Music Ensemble to San Diego in celebration of Yom Ha’azmaut over the May 12-16 weekend.
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Guys Night Out - A Spectacular Evening!

The San Diego Chapter of the FIDF held its first Guys Night Out event on April 14, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency, La Jolla. The event was in memory of David Feder, father of Event Co-Chair Dan Feder, who proudly served in an IDF Paratrooper' Brigade.
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Yom Limmud weekend with Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dani Haloutz

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, San Diego Chapter welcomed Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dani Haloutz to San Diego during the last weekend in January. The charismatic former General Chief of Staff, shared his insight on the future of Israel and the current turmoil in Egypt, with a group of Young Professionals at a Meet and Greet at the Sheraton La Jolla.
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San Diego Region Board of Directors

Dr. Bob Shillman Barbara Ostroff
David Ellman Jack Zemer
Sidney Selati Jackie Gmach
Bobbi Warren Anthony Josephson -Young Professionals
Herbert “Moshe” Weiss Mitch Zeichner
Rabbi Arnold Kopikis  
Ben Weinrib, Chair Young Leadership


San Diego Region Professional Staff

Nir BenZvi - Executive Director  
Judy Clayton - Assistant to Executive Director  

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